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She owns a bakery and makes and decorates all the cakes herself

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My daughter was diagnosed with sarcoidosis last year. She owns a bakery and makes and decorates all the cakes herself. She has been doing this for years now. Could the cake flour dust be the cause of her sarcoidosis?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 5 years ago.


Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Sarcoidosis typically waxes and wanes, and sometimes disappears altogether. We aren't 100% sure what causes it, but it appears to be the body's abnormal immune response to something. It can result in problems in the lungs, skin, and other parts of the body. It really isn't that flour would "cause" it but rather that her body's abnormal immune response to the flour causes it. You can read more about the disease below.


Customer: replied 5 years ago.
So if I understand correctly, the flour could be the catalyst that triggers the abnormal immune response? Perhaps if she wore a mask and then sees if it improves, that might perhaps prove that the flour was the irritant ( catalyst). She just had a baby and during her pregnancy she only made 4-5 cakes. She said she felt better during her pregnancy to the point that she feels the sarcoidosis has gone away.
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 5 years ago.

Yes, that would be correct, if a little over-simplified. A mask certainly would not hurt to try and could prevent breathing problems for her. It's similar to avoiding roses if you know you are allergic to them. Many women feel their very best when they are pregnant, so it's difficult to know if it was the lack of flour exposure, a hormonal thing, or just waning of sarcoidosis symptoms in a cycle. The mask is certainly a good idea though. If there is a lot of dust involved, it is a good idea for anyone, whether they have had breathing problems or not. It's a medical fact that tiny particles of anything we breathe (regardless of how innocuous) can cause irritation of the air passages.



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